Sunday, October 26, 2008
Palin's 'going rogue,' McCain aide says
I've suggested for at least 2 weeks that Gov. Palin has realized that she's unlikely to be elected vice-president next month, so she has a new strategy: it's to set herself as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for 2012.
Those who cast Palin as stupid or inept may rue the day they underestimated this shrewd and calculating politician. I think this article is evidence of Palin's strategy.
"Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN that they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin "going rogue."
A Palin associate, however, said the candidate is simply trying to "bust free" of what she believes was a damaging and mismanaged roll-out.
McCain sources say Palin has gone off-message several times, and they privately wonder whether the incidents were deliberate. They cited an instance in which she labeled robocalls -- recorded messages often used to attack a candidate's opponent -- "irritating" even as the campaign defended their use. Also, they pointed to her telling reporters she disagreed with the campaign's decision to pull out of Michigan."